A successful thesis proposal is not a guaranteed formula for producing a successful dissertation.
As the research progresses, the research goals may change dynamically, and some initial goals may be too hard to be solved within the time frame.
We therefore expect that the dissertation project will evolve to meet these contingencies, and that this evolution will be the primary topic of six-month reviews.
Once sufficient feedback on the thesis proposal has been gathered, you can schedule the Thesis Proposal Defense.
If your preliminary advisory committee had no outside member, you must bring one on board at this time.
The committee members should be Rochester faculty members holding the rank of at least assistant professor, and three should be from the Department of Computer Science.
Choosing an advisor should not be done lightly; changing advisors can significantly delay completion of your studies.
The preliminary advisory committee must contain:*This is a department requirement. A faculty member from outside the department can also be included, and must be included when the final dissertation advisory committee is formed in the second term of the third year.
Furthermore, the thesis proposal should show that you not only know how to solve problems, but also how to frame the issues.
Finally, the thesis proposal should demonstrate that you have developed strong and insightful intuitions as to which research themes are promising.